Steal Away: Selected and New Poems

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Copper Canyon Press, 2003 - Poetry - 240 pages
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Now in paperback, Steal Away presents C.D. Wright’s best lyrics, narratives, prose poems, and odes with new "retablos" and a bracing vigil on incarceration. Long admired as a fearless poet writing authentically erotic verse, Wright—with her Southern accent and cinematic eye—couples strangeness with uncanny accuracy to create poems that "offer a once-and-for-all thing, opaque and revelatory, ceaselessly burning."

from "Our Dust"

You didn’t know my weariness, error, incapacity,
I was the poet
of shadow work and towns with quarter-inch
phone books, of failed
roadside zoos. The poet of yard eggs and
sharpening shops,
jobs at the weapons plant and the Maybelline
factory on the penitentiary road.

"Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle."—The New Yorker

"Wright shrinks back from nothing."—Voice Literary Supplement

"C.D. Wright is a devastating visionary. She writes in light. She sets language on fire."—American Letters

C.D. Wright has published nine collections of poetry and earned many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and in 1994 was named State Poet of Rhode Island. With her husband, Forrest Gander, she edits Lost Roads Publishers.

 

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creepy, but good

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Steal Away: Selected and New Poems

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In her tenth volume, Wright proves herself to be one of the most complex, fascinating, and ultimately rewarding American poets writing today. Over a 20-year period, she chronicles her journey from ... Read full review

Contents

Rosesucker Retablo
14
Rosesucker Retablo
15
Rosesucker Retablo
16
fromTranslations of the Gospel Back into Tongues
19
Alla Breve Loving
20
The Secret Life of Musical Instruments
21
Bent Tones
22
Tours
23
Detail from What No One Could Have Told Them
85
Old Man with a
86
Living
87
Weekend in the Country
90
The Next to Last Draft
92
Self Portrait on a Rocky Mount
93
The Ozark Odes
94
Just Whistle a valentine
101

Blazes
24
Libretto
25
Clockmaker with Bad Eyes
26
Obedience of the Corpse
27
The night before the sentence is carried
28
Vanish
29
Wanderer in His Thirtieth Year
30
The Handfishing Retablos
33
Handfishing Retablo
34
Handfishing Retablo
35
Handfishing Retablo
36
Handfishing Retablo
37
fromFurther Adventures with You
39
Wages of Love
40
Provinces
41
Treatment
42
The Cinematographers FŚrŲ Island
44
Hotels
45
Elements of Night
46
Lapse
47
Scratch Music
48
Illuminations
49
This Couple
50
Petition for Replenishment
51
Two Hearts in a Forest
52
Further Adventures with
54
The Floating Lady Retablos
57
Floating Lady Retablo
58
Floating Lady Retablo
59
Floating Lady Retablo
60
from String Light
63
Kings Daughters Home for Unwed Mothers
64
More Blues and the Abstract Truth
66
Remarks on Color
68
The Night I Met Little Floyd
70
Why Ralph Refuses to Dance
72
Our Dust
73
Humidity
75
The Bodys Temperature at Rest
76
Personals
78
Planks
79
Utopia
80
Toward the Woods
81
What No One Could Have Told Them
83
Tremble
147
Floating Trees
148
Approximately Forever
150
So Far Off and Yet Here
151
Like Peaches
152
With Grass as Their Witness
153
Because Fulfillment Awaits
154
Autographs
155
And It Came to Pass
157
Girl Friend
158
Sonic Relations
159
Various Positions
161
The Shepherd of Resumed Desire
162
Oneness
163
Gift of the Book
164
Girl Friend Poem
165
A Series of Actions
166
Song of the Gourd
167
Lake Echo Dear
168
On the Beach
169
What Keeps
170
Key Episodes from an Earthly Life
171
Girl Friend Poem
172
In a Piercing and Sucking Species
173
Crescent
174
Everything Good between Men and Women
175
Girl Friend Poem
176
The Iris Admits the Light the Iris Will Allow
177
Like Someone Driving to Texas by Herself
178
Morning Star
179
Like Rocks
180
Privacy
181
Girl Friend Poem
182
Ponds in Love
183
Like Horses
184
Flame
185
Girl Friend Poem
186
Girl Friends 710
189
fromDeepstep Come Shining
195
from One Big Self Prisoners of Louisiana
211
Index
229
About the Author
235
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\C.D. Wright, a Professor of English at Brown University, is the author of eleven books of poetry, as well as several collaborative works with photographer Deborah Luster, most recently One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana. She has earned fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations, and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award. She lives in Rhode Island.

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